What the innovator needs …

There’s an abundance of management literature offering advice on how to foster innovation in a business context. However, there is very little discussion on how the innovator’s success critically depend upon the boundary conditions defined outside the business context. This larger societal context is what I addressed in previous posts (part 1 and part 2). Today, […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 2

Innovation is often seen solely through a business lens, as a tool for companies to secure their competitive advantage. That explains the large volumes of business literature on managing innovation, but it’s also missing an essential point: the societal context of both, business and innovation. Businesses, and the economy in general, are embedded in society; […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 1

Cultivating innovation is what every business leader must achieve to stay in business for more than just one product cycle. Therefore it’s no big wonder that there is an impressive library of management literature addressing the business of innovation. However, innovation is more than business, and the existing writing often misses that essential part of […]

Expectations and realities – part 2

In part 1 we thought about what we expect from innovation on one side, and how it evolves in reality on the other. It became pretty obvious that there is a significant mismatch between the facts about innovation and what we think them to be. In this second part now I’ll try to cast some […]

Expectations and realities – part 1

One of the biggest quandaries in innovation is the discrepancy between our hopes and desires on one side and the real outcomes on the other. No matter how well intended, carefully planned, or diligently executed a project, often the result does not match the expectations. What’s the reason for that? Now, you’ll find impressive volumes […]